Mar 25, 2012

Canadian Otter (Lontra canadensis)

Did you know?

That this animal is well adapted to the aquatic environment, because it has a thick layer of fat under the skin, a dense and greasy hair, a nose and ears that can close underwater and webbed feet? But they can also move well on land, reaching speeds of displacement of up to 29 km/h (18 miles / hour).

The Canadian Otter has a head-body length from 66 to 107 cm and a tail length of 31 to 46 cm. The weight is approximately 5 to 14 kg. Females are smaller than males. The color is very dark, dark brown above, underparts are lighter gray or silver. The skin is very thick and velvety. The feet are webbed, with strong claws. The social group is the family, consisting of a female and her offspring, while males can form groups of up to 17 individuals. They are polygamous. The gestation lasts 61-63 days and weaning occurs at 12 weeks.

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